Frequently Asked Questions
How long is each JSplash session?
Lessons are 30 minutes each and are held once per week.
You can choose to enroll your child two times per week at a discounted rate, if you prefer!
Will my child automatically move up in levels?
Your child may participate in the same level for more than one session, and until they are comfortable in their abilities.
What if my child is not potty trained?
All children under 36 months who are not potty trained must use a swim diaper under their swim suits.
How often do classes run?
Classes run in 4-week sessions and are limited to 3 children in a class.
What safety precautions are in place to keep my child and the instructor safe?
Instructors wear clear face shields and all equipment is sanitized after each lesson. Upon entering the JCC, all individuals must complete a COVID health screening and temperature check. Sanitization stations with hand sanitizer and wipes are available at various locations throughout the building. View the in-depth COVID-19 Health and Safety document here.
What does my child need to bring to their swim lesson?
Children should come ready to swim in their suit and swim diaper, if necessary. Children should bring their goggles and swim cap as well, if necessary based on their level. Don’t forget your towel! If you’d like to change prior to heading home, swimmers can use our changing stations right on the pool deck.
Will my child be unsupervised when swimming?
There will always be a lifeguard on duty and different age groups have different parent-guardian supervision rules:
- Ages 4 and under must have a parent or guardian in the water with them at arm’s reach unless in a program with an instructor.
- Ages 9 and under are not permitted in the aquatics facility unless accompanied by a parent or guardian who is present on the pool deck. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not permitted on the pool deck.
- Ages 10-12 are permitted to be unaccompanied in the facility as long as their parent or guardian is on the JCC premises.
- Ages 13+ are permitted to be in the facility unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
What if I miss a lesson?
If you miss your regularly scheduled lesson, you can reschedule up to one class per month. If you miss more than one lesson, you may do an additional reschedule for a fee of $10 per class. Please review the procedures for a missed lesson here.
When can my baby start swim lessons?
Healthy babies can begin swim lessons starting as young as 12 weeks old.
Why should I start swim lessons for my child at a young age?
Children are more likely to accept the water and instruction at an early age. The behaviors of automatic breath-holding and swimming movements begin to fade as early as three months. Exposure to swimming provides them ideal exercise. Children are not restricted to gravity and benefit from the cardiovascular exercise that swimming provides. Starting early gives babies a head start on learning basic swimming skills while also improving bilateral coordination and balance.
Should I sign up for private or parent-tot classes?
Both class structures are designed to ensure your child receives the best care. If you are looking for your child to learn at a quicker rate, we suggest signing up for a private one-on-one class. However, if you are looking for a more relaxed and less expensive class we suggest trying one of our group classes.
Should you eat before a swim lesson?
We recommend our students not eat a large meal before a swim lesson. All students under the age of two should avoid food (especially dairy products) 2-3 hours prior to each lesson.
Should I be visible during my child’s lesson?
The teacher will have a hard time keeping a child’s attention if they see their parent or guardian. We advise having the child’s parent or guardian out of sight to ensure the child forms a bond and trust with their teacher. Oftentimes, if a child senses there is a sympathetic person close by who will save them, they will become emotionally stressed and not perform well in their swim lesson. We believe it’s important for a parent or guardian to know what’s going on during each swim lesson, however, we recommend they stay within a distance where the child can’t see them.
Should I take lessons year-round?
We offer year-round swim lessons for all ages. Also, we believe swimming is a fun way to stay active throughout the year. Experienced students who are confident and comfortable in the water tend to remember how to swim even after a long break. Young students rarely lose skills they have learned in the past, however, they may lose confidence over time affecting their reaction in a water emergency.
What should I do if my child doesn’t want to take a swim lesson?
Our certified swim instructors are trained to assist in helping all students become comfortable in the water. Moreover, water safety is our main priority and we believe in teaching all children how to save themselves in a dangerous situation. We recommend meeting with the instructor before the lesson to ensure your child is comfortable with their teacher and begins to form a trusting bond.